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DC Patio Brunch Guide 2017

It’s time to ditch the cozy sweaters for bold prints and bright dresses. Gather your besties for an afternoon filled with fun in the sun beginning with brunch. We’ve pulled together the Bitches top picks for outdoor brunching this season.  We’ve got you covered—just don’t forget to grab your sunnies before heading out the door!

Adams Morgan/U Street

Bar Civita

Spend a beautiful afternoon on a picturesque street in Woodley Park. Bar Civita is a charming, hidden place to kick back and stay awhile. We loved the brunch burger, poached eggs, and the epic assortment of house-made doughnuts. Bottomless bellinis in a variety of flavors are available for $18 along with your entree.  Bar Civita serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays. Read the full review here. 2609 24th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Local 16
Local 16

Head to the rooftop at Local 16 for cheap eats and free-flowing beverages during brunch. You can also choose from bellinis, sangria, and mimosas served in adorable mason jars.  Bitches loved the breakfast platter with bacon and eggs, pumpkin pizza and more. Local 16 serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Read the Bitches review here. 1602 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Venture to Vinoteca for brunch and bocce! The front patio comes with a dynamic view of bustling U Street while back patio is our favorite hidden oasis for happy hour drinks and bocce. Choose from granola and fruit, Huevos Rancheros, steak & eggs poutine, French toast, pan con tomate with sunny-side up eggs (our favorite), bottomless mimosas, and much more. Bitches loved the lamb sausage frittata, and the duck confit Benedict. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Read more about our experience, here. 1940 11th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Capitol Hill


Enjoy a Belgian brunch outdoors at Belga Café on Barracks Row. Belga serves killer waffles, moules frites, and artfully crafted Belgian fare. You can enjoy it on the front patio, or the adorable, speakeasy, chicken-themed upstairs patio, Betsy. The brunch is reliable and delicious, with tons of options for tastes. We loved the granola with fresh berries served in a Chimay beer glass. The nutella crepes are also a must! Belga serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read the review here. 514 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C



Indulge in a delectable brunch at Lavagna on the pup-friendly patio. You can’t beat the locally sourced and freshly made fare from this Eastern Market staple. We recommend the fruit plate, marscapone pancakes, omelets, and chicken & waffles— wash them down with $12 bottomless mimosas. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. See the review here. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.


Dirty Habit

Schedule a brunch date on the sexy new patio at Dirty Habit before shopping downtown. Enjoy a trendy experience coupled with strong libations and satisfying food.  Sip everlasting brunch cocktails including a rotating punch and mimosas priced affordably at $16. The Bitches loved lobster poutine, Elvis French toast, and carrot cake. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Check out the full review here: 555 8th St N.W., Washington, D.C.


Look no further than Zaytinya for an impeccable Mediterranean brunch. The outdoor seating is equipped with a bright sculpture to set the backdrop. Zaytinya is calming and upscale with fantastic food, flavors, and service. We couldn’t get enough of the falafel burger, goat cheese loukoumades, or Duck Shakshuka. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Read the review here. 701 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.



Alta Strada

Head to Alta Strada for a brunch experience filled with enormous plates of Italian fare and $21 bottomless. The everything bagel pizza and nutella French toast are among the winners on the menu. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read our review here. 465 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Spend your day downtown with Central for a prix fixe Sunday brunch. The pancrepes are decadent, the goat cheese Caesar is tasty, the chicken & waffles are juicy, and the frittata is refreshing. There is also French onion soup, croque madame, chocolate mousse, and much more. It’s a fantastic spot to relax before or after a day exploring the National Mall. Brunch is served on Sundays 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Read the Bitches review here. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Fig & Olive

Take in all that CityCenter has to offer with a posh brunch under the bright umbrellas at Fig & Olive. Choose between the blood orange bellini, Americano or Piscine cocktails. Keep it light with an heirloom and burrata summer salad or opt for the scrambled eggs with cremini and black trumpet mushrooms. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read about our fabulous experience here. 934 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC


Dupont Circle


Floriana might be the ultimate brunch balance.  Bitches love the arugula salad, Prosciutto Benedict, breakfast bowl, and tiramisu. Floriana also serves pumpkin jalapeño beignets, frittata, French toast, bottomless mimosas and Bloodys, and much more. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Read the Bitches review here. 1602 17th St. NW., Washington, D.C.

Iron Gate

Iron Gate has one of the most gorgeous ivy-covered patios in Washington. Bitches loved their steak & eggs, phyllo doughnuts, and baked hen eggs. The lemon-ricotta pancakes and wood-fired burger caught our eyes as well. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Read our review here. 1734 N St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Chez Billy Sud

Enjoy brunch in Georgetown on the hidden patio of Chez Billy Sud. The Bitches loved the brunch cocktails, the muffins, the Benedict, and the brunch burger. Chez Billy also offers French toast, a salmon tartine, an herb omelet, and more. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Read our thoughts here. 1039 31st St. N.W., Washington, D.C

Fiola Mare

Catch some rays down at the Georgetown waterfront at Fiola Mare next to the Potomac River. Take in the scenic views while enjoying their signature brunch menu. The $45 pre-fixe menu includes a warm basket of homemade pastries, a brunch cocktail and selection from a 3 course menu. Choices include shrimp and grits, poached eggs with salmon, lemon mascarpone pancakes and more. The restaurant also offers pasta, antipasti, raw oysters on the half shell, and a selection of market seafood. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read the Bitches review here. 3050 K St NW, Washington, DC

H Street/ Ivy City

Sally’s Middle Name

The roofdeck at Sally’s Middle Name is a hot spot in the Atlas District. This H Street farm-to-table restaurant offers an ever-changing menu. We loved inventive items like the Thai rice porridge with pork, choux doughnuts, and more. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read our review here. 1320 H St. N.E., Washington, D.C.

The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse

Spend a lazy afternoon on the rooftop patio at The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse.  You’ll find some of the freshest seafood in D.C., and camaraderie over cocktails from local brewers and distillers. The fried shrimp po’boy, oysters, and crab cake sandwich ranked high on our list. The tavern also offers Ivy City craft cocktails, featuring bevs using spirits from neighboring Cotton + Reed and Green Hat Gin. The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m. Read about our recent experience here. ​1356 Okie Street N.E., Washington, D.C.

Ivy City Smokehouse Brunch

Logan Circle


Commissary not only has delicious food coupled with an adorable cute patio, but also a dependable, bottomless brunch. There are eggs and scrambles, omelets, sandwiches, small plates to share, Benedict’s, even pizza and burgers. Bitches love that Commissary focuses on using quality ingredients without the pretension. Brunch is served everyday until 4 p.m. Read the Bitches review here. 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Hideaway from the hustle and bustle of 14th street with brunch at Radiator.  Life-sized games such as Connect Four and quirky wooden bird houses provide a much needed urban escape. Radiator offers steak and eggs, huevos rancheros, brussels sprouts and more. Enjoy an al fresco dining experience with seasonal ingredients. Brunch is served on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Read the review here. Washington, D.C. 1430 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Radiator Brunch

The Bird

Book your ressie at The Bird if you’re craving a poultry-centric brunch. The brightly colored patio is a hit. We loved the Elderflower cocktail, When the Rooster Crows. We also raved about the truffle mac and cheese, fried chicken sandwich, and eggs benedict with fried chicken.  You can’t go wrong with any of the fried chicken dishes or brunch cocktails. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read the full review here.  1337 11th St N.W., Washington, DC

Navy Yard

Scarlet Oak

Have brunch on the enormous patio at Scarlet Oak.  Indulge in the bottomless mimosas deal for just $15 along with American fare with a southern twist. You can try chicken and waffles, fried chicken eggs benny, salads, flat breads, Eggs Benedicts, and other reliable menu items. Scarlet Oak serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m to 3 p.m.  Read the Bitches review here. 909 New Jersey Ave. S.E. Washington, D.C.

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Enjoy an instagram worthy brunch at Whaley’s while overlooking the Capitol Riverfront. The seafood-centric restaurant is chic, bright, and exudes charm. We raved about the oysters, arctic char crudo, and buttermilk pancakes. After brunch sip a variety of roses and frozen cocktails in the new Rosé Garden. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Read our glowing review here. 301 Water St. S.E. #115, Washington, D.C.



Gather your best pals for a ‘Dim Sunday’ filled with inventive, American fare at Hazel. The playful patio is lined with artificial turf flooring, and a bright, floral mural will set the perfect backdrop. We raved over the delicious zucchini bread served with whipped foie gras, bee pollen and a chamomile gelee. There’s also duck confit, steak tartare, curried squash doughnuts and more.  You can order the whole menu filled with 11 inventive small plates for $95, and share between 3-4 people, making it an affordable dining experience. Hazel serves brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Read about our incredible experience here. 808 V St. N.W., Washington, D.C.



Bring your furry friend for a dog-friendly brunch at Dacha Beer Garden. For a no-frills experience, keep it simple with a Bullfrog Bagels sandwich and a refreshing radler. You can also choose between the chicken and waffles, home fries and more. You can spend all day soaking up the rays with friends here. Dacha serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read the Bitches review here. 1600 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Make your way to Kyirisan for a French and Chinese fusion brunch. You can order a bottle of bubbly and pick grapefruit, pineapple, orange or lychee juice for $25. Meanwhile, mimosas are $5 a pop. Beyond the incredible pastries, the Bitches recommend you absolutely order the fried chicken sandwich, arctic char gravlax, and the blueberry pancakes. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Read about our delicious experience here. 1924 8th St. N.W. Washington, D.C.


BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Eatwell DC and Lavagna. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from these companies.


Shruti Shah

NYC Editor & Resident Vegetarian

Shruti has a love affair with gin and spicy food. By day she's hustling in PR for leading consumer brands. When she's OOO, you can find her at Daybreaker dance parties, exploring kitschy cocktail bars and reviewing veggie-friendly brunches.

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